House speaker kicks off pro-statehood ‘Yes’ campaign
By John McPhaul
Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez on Monday began the campaign to promote the “Yes” option in the “Yes or No” statehood consultation on Nov. 3 with the presentation of a video that is circulating on all social networks.
“You will have only one question before you: Do you want the security and progress that only statehood guarantees? The answer is simple: Yes. Statehood is our right. As American citizens we are entitled to full equality, the guarantee that we will never lose our citizenship. That in times of crisis, such as the current pandemic, the federal government will help us,” the legislative leader said in the video. “Likewise, in the event of a natural disaster, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, that security guarantees us help that no other nation in the world can provide.”
In the video, which lasts a little over two minutes, Méndez notes that “statehood guarantees that we will receive at least an additional $10 billion in federal funds each year, with large increases in education, health, nutritional assistance, housing and infrastructure, among others.”
“No other alternative guarantees that,” he says.
Méndez adds that with statehood “you will have the ability to buy your own home, have excellent healthcare service, and your children will have the best education.”
“It is having in the Puerto Rico that we love a better quality of life, the opportunity for all of a well paying job, with salaries higher than the current average, a dramatic increase in federal funds, an economic boost never before seen in our history,” the House speaker says.
The New Progressive Party vice president notes in the video that, according to reports from the General Accounting Office, under statehood Puerto Rico would experience a 36 percent increase in economic activity in the first five years.
Méndez emphasizes that only under statehood “[will] many [have] the opportunity for their loved ones to return to the land where they were born.”
“Say ‘Yes’ to your family, say ‘Yes’ to your community, say ‘Yes’ to Puerto Rico; we deserve it,” he says. “On November 3, ‘Yes’ to statehood.”